Senegal PM Claims Victory in Parliamentary Poll

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Senegal’s Prime Minister Mahammed Boun Abdallah Dionne has said the governing coalition of President Macky Sall has won a landslide in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, the AFP news agency reports.

We were expecting an official announcement from the electoral commission earlier today but this was postponed.

Senegal President Macky Sall’s ruling coalition was set on Monday to retain a commanding majority in parliament after a weekend election, a presidential aide said, but the opposition claimed the results were tainted by fraud. 

“We have won 42 districts of the 45 in the country,” Mahmoud Saleh, a political adviser to Sall, told Reuters. “This gives us a comfortable majority in parliament.”

Sall’s coalition won 43 of 45 districts in 2012. The new parliament will have 165 seats, 105 through direct suffrage while 60 will be apportioned from party lists.

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